NEW ROCHELLE, NY – The Iona College men’s swimming and diving program welcomes eight new members to next season’s team as announced by head coach Nick Cavataro.
The newest Gaels will make their way to New Rochelle from various states on the East Coast, and bring a wealth of experience in the short and long-distance course events.
Keegan Boisson Yates from Tamarac, FL, is a versatile swimmer who will compete in freestyle, backstroke and butterfly events. The former Florida High School State Championship finalist attended JP Taravella in Coral Springs and swam for the Coral Springs Swim Club.
“Keegan comes from the same club program that produced Justin Grigull,” said Cavataro. “Keegan has great skills and with the ability to swim in distance races, allows him to make an immediate impact in the MAAC.”
Iona is also pleased to welcome a pair of Tar Heel swimmers in Collin Purrman and Bryan Veals to the mix.
Purrman, from Waynesville, NC, was the team MVP for Tuscola HS and swam for the Smoky Mountain Aquatic Club. He owns the best 500, 1,000 and 1,650-Freestyle times of 4:45, 9:45, and 16:20, respectively. Purrman will not be the first member of his family to attend Iona, as both of his parents are graduates.
“After speaking to his Coach Jack Wagner, I am convinced he can and will be a great addition to our freestyle group,” commented Cavataro.
Veals, of Kure Beach attended Ashley HS in Wilmington, NC and also saw for the Wilmington Waves club team is a distance freestyler. Veals owns personal bests in the 200, 500, 1000, and 1.650 with times of 1:47, 4:47, 10:03 and 16:56. Veals can also swim backstroke and IM.
“Bryan has a unique background as he also participated in cross country and rowing in high school,” noted Cavataro.
Matthew Rothman comes to Iona from Baltimore, MD and the legendary Calvert Hall College HS. A freestyle swimmer, who also races with the Cardinal and Gold Aquatic Club, has best 200 and 500 times of 1:45 and 4:48.
“Rothman has improved almost every race this past season and has great size, where he also put up solid 50 and 100 times at 22.2 and 48.5.”
One of the more explosive and versatile swimmers joining the men’s group is Oradell, NJ native Liam Oberlander. A River Dell High School swimmer and a member of the Wyckoff YMCA, Oberlander he has respective 50, 100 and 200 Free times of 21.9, 47.7 and 1:45.1 and a best 100-Fly of 51.6.
Brendan Chan, of Seaford, NY and Seaford HS, swims the 100 and 200-Butterfly for the Long Island Aquatic Club. From Wethersfield, CT and the Laurel East Hartford YMCA is Jay Lessard, a 100 and 200-yard Backstroke swimmer; and from New Jersey JR Shields, a 100 and 200-yard Breaststroke swimmer from Red Bank Catholic and the Central Jersey Aquatic Club.
“Brendan, Jay and JR all come from great programs and will really give us not only some great depth; but, maneuverability with our line-up,” said Cavataro.